Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.2M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.2MSeptember 01, 2014 08:55 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $22.18 million over the four-day frame to lead the box office for a second straight weekend. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel became the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a tremendous $280.48 million through 32 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the $259.77 million take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the four-day frame, Guardians of the Galaxy was up an impressive 29 percent over last weekend's three-day frame. The revised three-day estimate for Guardians of the Galaxy is $17.08 million.

While it didn't have the greatest hold this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place over the four-day frame with an estimated $15.7 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 6 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 25-day take of $166.36 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $11.90 million.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with an estimated four-day take of $11.30 million. That represented a respectable 26 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.16 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $9.30 million.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with an estimated $10.32 million. The low-budget horror film opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. As Above/So Below performed similarly to 2011's Apollo 18, which debuted with a $10.71 million 4-day Labor Day weekend take. As Above/So Below received a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore and will likely be front-loaded going forward due in part to its genre. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.6 million.

The November Man opened in sixth with an estimated four-day take of $10.2 million. There is a history of new films aimed at adults over-performing during Labor Day weekend, but Relativity's action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan opened in line with expectations. The six-day total for The November Man stands at $11.89 million. That places The November Man 19 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $7.88 million.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with an estimated four-day gross of $10.55 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 2 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and is now on the verge of reaching the $60 million mark with a 20-day take of $59.67 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.28 million.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with an estimated four-day take of $3.33 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,704 from 382 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the film stands at $2.66 million.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed an estimated $2.2 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster is $1.75 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, May. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$16,820,987-29%4,249-100$3,959$457,665,5173Disney
2Battleship$7,029,450-28%3,690--$1,905$25,534,8251Universal
3The Dictator$5,056,092-24%3,008--$1,681$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$3,451,429-35%3,7550$919$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,611,017-36%3,021--$864$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$855,285-33%2,064-467$414$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$678,437-42%1,722-330$394$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$573,441-12%1,840-1239$312$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$447,468-39%2,005-834$223$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
10The Five-Year Engagement$311,375-33%1,175-1394$265$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,003,886-26%354176$2,836$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$210,986-23%895-664$236$27,008,5155Disneynature
3Girl in Progress$154,319-15%3220$479$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Wrath of the Titans$153,299-20%36095$426$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$140,230-30%379-76$370$210,191,32512Universal
6Mirror Mirror$131,745-24%407-200$324$61,551,2368Relativity Media
7The Three Stooges$113,315-44%594-822$191$41,830,6326Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$106,730-34%448-581$238$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9Safe (2012)$102,606-12%503-1187$204$16,589,9504Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$98,716-31%261-328$378$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$76,850-29%290-231$265$56,494,9557Universal
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$61,802-33%245-15$252$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Raven$60,523-41%432-1456$140$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$26,976-36%134-66$201$8,721,03711CBS Films
15Lockout$23,418-37%191-64$123$14,291,5706Open Road
16Bully (2012)$20,461-24%204-59$100$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17A Thousand Words$17,408-32%110-17$158$18,374,52711Paramount
18The Artist$8,569-23%103-648$83$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$62,109-13%490$1,268$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Crooked Arrows$50,383-42%55--$916$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3Act of Valor$25,44152%96-22$265$69,978,44013Relativity Media
4Titanic 3D$16,188-21%70-87$231$57,736,2357Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,172-12%340$446$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
6This Means War$10,705-63%90-42$119$54,670,70414Fox
7Sound of My Voice$9,357-21%37-9$253$249,7274Fox Searchlight
8Friends With Kids$3,702-15%25-11$148$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$3,352-41%17-6$197$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
10Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$2,820-35%8-2$353$30,9492UTV Communications
11The Road (2012)$2,033-17%10-40$203$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
12Coriolanus$1,619-24%8-3$202$749,64118Weinstein Company
13Lovely Molly$1,337-34%5--$267$12,5541Image Entertainment
14Undefeated$1,292-23%9-4$144$548,47014Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$54096%3-6$180$49,868,80818Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$466-41%7-4$67$592,5896Roadside Attractions
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15832%1-11$158$43,455,91615Fox
18Touchback$28-90%3-3$9$204,0686Anchor Bay Films